The Tech Scene In New York Is Completely Changing

The New York tech scene has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years. The trend has started to stabilize as the excitement has worn off. In 2014 and 2015 a tech company in New York went public and their valuation exceeded $1 billion. By the year 2016 all of the IPO’s were gone although the year was not quiet. There were 421 new businesses with $9.5 billion in funding and 109 existing with a value well over $5 billion.

The numbers show similarities between the tech scene and traditional economy of New York. The investors and companies are not trying to make thousands by betting on companies that fail. They have turned to companies referred to as cash cows who make money not noise. The biggest private tech company currently in New York is Infor followed by a grocery store called Fresh Direct, the office space business WeWork and the insurance firm of Oscar. For more details on the new York tech scene please visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/05/05/how-the-tech-scene-is-evolving-in-new-york-city/#d54e09a6ffa5.

The workspaces, accelerators, events, business groups and government initiatives available in New York are supporting the companies. There are programs available to support entrepreneurs, international entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and small businesses in industries from biotechnology to fashion. New York’s tech industry was originally located in Silicon Alley but has begun to expand north towards the Bronx and Harlem. The industry is expected to reach Queens and Brooklyn with all new developments.

Every tech region has a different focus. Silicon Alley consists of traditional tech companies including AdTech and Fintech. Brooklyn has been attracting companies such as CreativeTech and Urbantech while Queens has established Biotechnology businesses like FoodTech. Even the Bronx and Harlem are seeing good social enterprises. The biggest change is the loss of the tech companies’ independence. The line between traditional and tech businesses is becoming thinner.

Knicks Look to Trade Anthony

During the prior NBA basketball season the New York Knicks were the most disappointing team in the league. They had spent the prior off-season bringing in a number of high profile players, including Derrick Rose. While the team looked like they could compete for a playoff spot, they quickly faltered and fell out of playoff contention early in the year. Due to the poor season, it appears that the Knicks are now finally looking to rebuild their entire team. They have already made a number of big moves and are looking to trade away their star player.

For the past five years, the Knicks have been led by forward Carmelo Anthony. Anthony has always been considered one of the most talented players in the league but has not been able to get the Knicks over the hump. Anthony has a no trade clause in his contract which he previously was not willing to waive. However, at this point it appears that both the Knicks and Anthony are willing to approve some select trades. According to recent reports, the Knicks are in talks with the Houston rockets to send Anthony there immediately (https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/report-carmelo-anthony-uninterested-in-returning-to-knicks-requests-rockets-trade/). This could be a good move for all parties involved.

If Anthony is traded to Houston, the team could soon be one of the most competitive in the league. The Rockets were already one of the most explosive teams last season and recently signed point guard Chris Paul. If they are able to get Anthony as well, the offense sure to be very hard to stop.

While it will be good for the Rockets and Anthony, it could also be a good move for the Knicks. The team will likely now look to clear space and make a move to be a younger team. With a number of young talented players and high picks, they could be more competitive in the near future.

Something is Phishy in New York City!

Starting on Friday, the band Phish will start a 13 concert marathon at Madison Square Garden. People from all over the United States, as well as the world, are going to show up. In a New York Times article posted on July 18th, 2017, people gave testimonies of how they made plans to stay in New York to see Phish. Many people have already made accommodations and have come here. Now, they are playing the waiting the game until their concerts begin. Some people may not have come here, yet, but will eventually arrive.

There will be a plethora of Phish-themed events that will go on as fans enjoy their time in New York City. There will be Phish themed children’s concerts, workouts, after parties, art shows, tailgate gatherings, flea markets and after parties. The Phish-bonanza does not just start and end at the concerts; there is a whole Phish-themed world that will exist in New York City during their 13 show marathon. You should expect there to be a very Phishy presence in New York City. Some say that the presence of the Phans will be visibly felt and that you might see a lot more tie-dye than usual. Over the course of 13 shows, it is expected that about several hundred thousand people are going show up. Roughly 1.6 million people live in Manhattan. Several hundred thousand is a pretty big fraction of 1.6 million, so it is very feasible to say that yes, you will feel the Phishyness throughout the borough.

For those who are into watching cover bands, the DeadPhish Orchestra, Pink Talking Phish and Jazz is PHSH will perform on daytime cruises. For those who love fish-inspired art, there will be an art showcase call PhanArt. At the J.C.C. Manhattan, there will be Phish-themed spinning classes that will include glow sticks and good music.

Brooklyn Park to Honor Biggie Smalls

Soon, the basketball court at Crispus Attucks Playground in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, will have a new name. After many unsuccessful years of trying to change the name of the court, City Councilman Robert Cornegy has finally fulfilled his promise to Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls’ mother, whom he promised this honor many years ago.

The Councilman first tried to change the name of St. James Place, the apartments where the two grew up, in 2013. He began a petition to fulfill the change but was unsuccessful in gathering the required signatures. Many who didn’t sign the petition felt the rapper’s name shouldn’t be honored due to his violent lyrics.

Cornegy grew up with Christopher Wallace at 226 St. James Place in Bedford-Stuyvesant. He lived in apartment 1R. Biggie lived with his mother in apartment 3R in the same building. The pair was close growing up, often seeing one another in passing in the hallway. The two even hooped together on the basketball court that is being renamed in his honor.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on August 1 or 2 at the court in honor of the court’s renaming. For the past 20 years, a basketball celebration has been held in the rapper’s honor on August 5. Those who come to the celebration this year will have far more to look forward to, thanks to the authorization of the name change and the honor to this rapper.

Cornegy couldn’t be happier about the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the name change to honor his childhood friend turned successful rapper. Despite his violent lyrics and use of curse words, those who knew Biggie can tell you that he was down-to earth, honest, and always fun, simply doing what needed to be done to survive in Brooklyn.

Yankees Make Big Trade

Heading into the 2017 season, the New York Yankees were not considered to be much of a threat to win the NL East Division. However, the Yankees ended up having a great start to the season and are now in competition with the Boston Red Sox. Much of this is due to the considerable success of rookie Aaron Judge, who is now considered to be a favorite to win the AL MVP award.

While the Yankees are about 3.5 games out of first place, they are now looking to make some moves to improve the team. This past week, the Yankees made a big trade that will help to improve their bullpen (http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/96772/self-proclaimed-winners-yankees-believe-theyre-better-for-the-white-sox-trade). The Yankees announced that they had made a big trade with the Chicago White Sox. In this trade, the Yankees were able to acquire Dave Robertson, who is considered one of the top relief pitchers in the game. They also received Todd Frazier, who will likely be used as a utility infielder.

While the Yankees were able to get some good veteran players, they did not have to give up too much in return. The Yankees traded away Tyler Clippard and several prospects. However, none of the prospects were considered to be among the top in the organization. This then will help the Yankees today, but will not mortgage too much of their future.

The addition of Robertson should be a big one for the Yankees. While their offense has been a surprise, the Yankees have struggled to hold leads late in games. The team was able to sign Aroldis Chapman in the offseason, but he has not performed as well this year as he has in the past. The Yankees will likely be able to get more innings out of Robertson, which should provide some needed rest for Chapman.

Twins’ First Photo Released

Rapper Jay-Z grew up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, New York, but didn’t let this minor setback stop him from achieving greatness. Not only is Sean Carter a lyrical genius and one of the best rappers to ever grace the mic, he also captured the heart of the beautiful Beyoncé Knowles.

Married since 2008 , Carter and Knowles kept their relationship under wraps for many years, but have recently gave the public an inside glimpse of the happenings in their life. We’ve been there for the Lemonade, Kanye, and Solange, too. We’ve been there to hear of possible Jigga-affairs with Becky with the good hair, and now, we’re here to welcome the couple’s twins with open arms.

Joining big sister Blue Ivy, twins Sir and Rumi Carter were born in early June. One-month after delivery, Bey released the twins’ first photos, and as expected, they’re each equally adorable (although an up-close-and-personal baby shot would’ve suited us perfectly well.) Mom also stunned us with her beautiful appearance, but that is nothing unusual.

The newly-released Instagram photo shows Beyoncé holding the twins while wearing only a luxurious silk wrap covering her nude body. Sir was born just seconds before Rumi during a planned C-section. Although no photo of the entire Carter clan has surfaced yet, we eagerly anticipate seeing a photo of the five-some together very soon.

If there was ever a great way to make a comeback from a marriage in turmoil, delivering twins is certainly the way. Eat your heart out, Becky. Congratulations to Jay and Bey on the gorgeous babies!

Phish set up in MSG

The jam band Phish, notable for their long and meandering musical jams, is setting up house in MSG for what they are calling their baker’s dozen of shows which will extend from late July (21) to early August (6th).

Phish has been a popular band since their debut in 1083 and is renowned not only for their instrumental skills but also for their innovative and unique set lists which are never duplicated and always have some clever and unique elements to them. In other words, no two shows are exactly the same and many Phish fans may attend multiple, and potentially all, of these MSG shows.

These Baker’s Dozen shows are being promoted by Peter Shapiro who also promoted many of the shows by the Grateful Dead, another jam band that is commonly linked to Phish. Shapiro is estimating that there will be almost 100,000 tourists and visitors to New York City that will come in as a result of these Phish concerts which will be positive for the local economy, even though Phish fans are not known for their materialism.

Many Phish fans (or phans as they are commonly referred as) are now older and have families of their own. Many fans are likely to bring family members to the city and to the shows. The event promoter indicated that they worked to create some family and children friendly events such as children events with Phish music playing to help manage the fans time outside of the event. Further, he indicated that there is likely to be an uptick in attendance at local restaurants and at museums, of which New York City has some of the world’s leading examples of.

There is also likely to be an infusion of tie die shirts across NYC due to the Phish baker’s dozen concert, of course.

Higher Temps for New York City Coming

While New York City is a great place to live in and visit in the summer months, this summer may not be the ideal situation for some travelers. For those that would like to avoid extreme heat, New York City could be a tough choice as they are already facing their third big heat wave of the 2017 summer (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Heat-Wave-Temperatures-Storm-Team-4-Tri-State-Connecticut-New-Jersey-New-York-Weather-435319313.html).

During this upcoming week, most areas of New York City will see temperatures that are in excess of 90 degrees. They could also break the summer high marks of more than 93 degree, which was hit earlier this year. Along with the higher temperatures, many people will flock to the local pools and other recreational places to stay cool and enjoy the nice temperature.

While the weather may be ideal for some, there are some additional concerns. Due to the age of many buildings in the city, there are millions of people that do not live with constant access to air conditioning in their homes. This could actually end up posing a very big risk concern for some people, particularly the elderly who are more prone to over heating. Another risk is the fact that it will be a pretty dry area for the next few days. This could create a larger potential for fires, which will require the local fire departments to staff accordingly.

While the weather will be very hot for the next few days, there does appear to be some relief coming. The current forecast calls for a number of rain storms to come through the area over the weekend. This could help to reduce the temperature and improve the overall air quality in the region. However, if the storms do not come, it could result in much higher humidity, which could lead to a higher overall heat index.

A New York Room With A View

I understand that real estate comes with a premium price tag in the city of New York, and this listing is no exception to that. It’s the “something extra” that is thrown in with the 3.5 million dollar price tag on this fourth floor, walk up penthouse that will leave people in awe.

Apparently, the old owner of the penthouse loved the beach or coastal living so much that they created a “Nantucket” style cottage on the roof. Yes, I said that correctly. The fourth floor walk up comes with an additional cottage on the roof. In fact, the only thing that is missing from the “beachy” feel of this cottage is actual beach. The new owner will just have to get used to a view of the East Village on three sides.

The pictures are beautiful of both homes but my Mid-west sensibilities leaves me wondering about a couple things. Firstly, what do you do with the property in the winter? It kind of makes more work for the New Yorker that buys this property. I mean someone has to shovel the roof clean if you get hit with a snowstorm right? Plus that question leads me to this one? Did they add extra support in the apartment below for a whole cottage to be added to the top of the pre- existing structure? I would hate for someone to sink 3.5 million into these two residences and have the whole thing crumble due to structural integrity failing. Both living spaces certainly are beautiful.

You can judge for yourself if it would be worth it by viewing the features and pictures here. as for me, I think I will stick with my simple home and drive to the beach. It’s a bit cheaper.

New York Based Non-profit Enters $33 Million Contract to Help Eliminate Homelessness

Homelessness is a problem in New York City. For the past decade, non-profits have defined homelessness as chronic homelessness—the state of being unsheltered for more than 9 months and having mental problems, physical or developmental disabilities and/or substance abuse issues. An association of non-profits dedicated to this cause, lead by The Center for Urban Community Services, has entered a $33 million contract with the City of New York to take on this issue. The contract requires these organizations to give a new definition to homelessness. These organizations are now being asked to help short-term homeless people and newly homeless people.

Despite the fact that the economy has risen within recent years, factors such as the high costs of living in New York City, low salaries, job instability, unemployment, underemployment and competition are pushing people into homelessness. There are a lot of people with jobs who are homeless.

There are 6 drop in centers in the City of New York, and two more are planned to open. In these places, people can drop in to take showers and receive meals. The city has a main shelter system, though city shelters have a reputation of being unsafe places. Shelters also have strict restrictions and curfews. As a result, many people choose to live outside, despite the chance of authorities throwing them off the land and destroying their belongings.

Because of the bad reputation of shelters, the city has opened up safe-haven beds in smaller quarters such as churches. These safe haven beds do not have such strict curfews and restrictions as shelters.

To get an idea of how many homeless people there are in New York City, one must look at various figures. According to a survey in February of 2017, it was found that about 3,900 people live outdoors in New York City, which is a 40% increase from the year before. However, these numbers may not be completely accurate, and there may be even more homeless people who are not accounted for in the survey. According to a list of names that the city has, about 2,000 people are homeless. On some of the most not-so-great days, the amount of people in the main shelter system can reach around 60,000.